Curiosity

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge that we are on land of the Kaurna people, the traditional custodians of the Adelaide Plains.We are awed that they celebrate the religious significance of place, plant and all living creatures; and that care for the earth is implanted in their law. We honour them and also delight in the sacred in our midst. We pray that in the power of the Holy Spirit we might work together for reconciliation and justice in this land

Exodus 3:1-15 NRSV

Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, ‘I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.’ When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, ‘Moses, Moses!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ Then he said, ‘Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.’ He said further, ‘I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

Then the Lord said, ‘I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.’ But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’ He said, ‘I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.’

But Moses said to God, ‘If I come to the Israelites and say to them, “The God of your ancestors has sent me to you”, and they ask me, “What is his name?” what shall I say to them?’ God said to Moses, ‘I am who I am.’ He said further, ‘Thus you shall say to the Israelites, “I am has sent me to you.” ’ God also said to Moses, ‘Thus you shall say to the Israelites, “The Lord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you”:
This is my name for ever,
and this my title for all generations.

Reflection

I encourage you to be curious and ask questions even though you may have had past experiences of resistance to your curiosity, or that you yourself were resistant to the questioning or curiosity of others.
Having the freedom to be curious and ask questions is important part of a faith life.
A process of that also involves a lot of listening. Listening for the voice of God that is often small and still. That too will not be when or where expected.
Curiosity leads to asking questions.
Raising questions can lead to some new awareness or been drawn closer to the experience of the holy.

For the sorrowing

We hold to our hearts
The ones who have lost so much
The person
Their smile and laughter
Their wisdom and insight
Their knowing and understanding
of family and friends
Their shoulder to cry on
And their hand of welcome.
Their unconditional love
And their shared history
Where nothing needs explaining
When gathering together.

We hold to our hearts
The lost one
We offer thanks for all who they were
All that they gave
Their light of life
Snuffed and no longer bright;
Their laughter and delight
Their wisdom and understanding
Their kindness and their care.
Their sadness at leaving
their family and friends
And their loss of the stories,
shared experiences
And lovingly enjoyed time when gathering

We remember
Their isolation
from the beginning of
their lonely journey
to the end.

We hold to our hearts
The medical teams
Who are professionals and new friends
all at the same time,
Representing themselves and society
Carrying both facets of care
for the person ‘before me’
and ‘loving your neighbour’
A gift and a burden
Giving out
And holding close
The one whom they,
In their daily work,
Hold close to their heart.

We remember the sorrowing....

Rev Anne Hewitt